“Mystery missile” web sensation may have simply been a “contrail.” What does that mean?

A mysterious event in the sky outside of Los Angeles last week grabbed the attention of the media and conspiracy theorists. Was it a secret missile test? Even the Pentagon seemed flummoxed. This week, the military weighed in, dismissing it as the contrail of an ordinary jet.

Not to be confused with a coelacanth, the Contras, or any conspiracy-themed topic, a contrail is the benign conjoining of “condensation” and “trail.” Contrails are the visible byproduct of exhaust of jet engines, made of carbon dioxide and water vapor. In the cold air of high altitude, the hot exhaust condenses and freezes in the wake of an aircraft’s path. It is believed the contrail in L.A. looked unusual because of the angle of jet’s flight path and the angle of light from the setting sun on the vapor trail.

From L.A., the trail took on a shape that is similar to the contrail left by missiles. Experts agree that, while the trail had some resemblance to that of a missile, there is a broad lack of evidence supporting this claim, from seismic or other instruments.

Because of the secret nature of covert operations, the military can neither confirm nor deny claims made by individuals who believe they have special insight or a modicum of evidence of black ops. This silence is considered a tacit acknowledgement to some wild claims by conspiracy theorists. For example: say Area 51 to most people and they think of Roswell, aliens and cover ups. Conspiracies can certainly engage the imagination, but a dictionary enthusiast may ask, aren’t the vivid and unexpected definitions of the real world potent enough?

Nevada Supreme Court Allows Seizure of Casino’s Assets in Dues Dispute.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News April 11, 2002 By Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Apr. 11–CARSON CITY, Nev.–The Supreme Court Wednesday lifted its order blocking the Fremont Street Experience from seizing $1.9 million from the cage of Binion’s Horseshoe. here fremont street experience

In a 3-0 vote, the court said it should not intervene in the case at this time. The justices said the Horseshoe could secure a cash bond to avoid attachment of its assets to cover payments due to the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall.

Because adequate remedies exist for the casino, Justices Miriam Shearing, Bob Rose and Nancy Becker denied the Horseshoe’s request to block the attachment of its assets.

Pat Riley, an attorney for the Fremont Street Experience, said it is trying to reach a settlement with the Horseshoe and will not move immediately to attach the money. go to site fremont street experience

“There is a possibility we can work this out amicably,” he said.

The court on Feb. 8 temporarily voided an order by District Judge Gene Porter that allowed the seizure of Horseshoe assets to cover its share of the mall’s dues.

Horseshoe officials had said a seizure would jeopardize the casino’s ability to stay open. Removal of $1.9 million from the cage would have placed the casino below the state-required minimum of $1.2 million cash on hand.

Riley estimated a cash bond to cover the debt could be secured for little more than $20,000 and the Horseshoe could avoid talk of shutting its doors.

A Horseshoe lawyer did not respond to a call for comment Wednesday.

While the court decision allows the Fremont Street Experience to take the due payments, the Horseshoe still has a pending District Court case challenging the Fremont Street Experience’s operating agreement.

Its lawyers claim that the Fremont Street Experience’s actions violate federal antitrust law, state law and city ordinances. They also claim the hotel-casino’s dues are unfairly large compared with those paid by competing downtown properties.

“We haven’t won the case yet,” Riley said. “This is all about security on a debt.” In court filings in February, the Horseshoe said it would lose $260,000 in daily revenues if forced to close.

The company employs more than 1,700 employees and has an annual payroll of $38 million.


  1. lingUist geeK-sage(RP) -  December 7, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    Conspiracy thoerists are those who has exaggeration in just a mundane natural phenomena..I was there that time actually but that thing not fascinates me even in littlest way. Some humans are genuinely simpleton and narrow-minded.

  2. hoax online -  November 22, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    im 53 years old…still nice and fiery…if anybodys wondering…

  3. Me -  November 18, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    psdbs. What are you talking about?

  4. ghostinthesky -  November 18, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Nonconspiracy.T You have given away classified information. Hey President do you see this? *ominous music THE TNEV*EVENT*

  5. Nonconspiracy.T -  November 18, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Better watch your collusions, aliens follow me wherever I go.

  6. seana -  November 18, 2010 - 11:03 am

    More will be revealed….

  7. psdbs -  November 18, 2010 - 10:59 am

    Hey, ‘ME”……..how can you talk that talk so well yet can’t spell???

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  9. Me -  November 18, 2010 - 9:55 am

    I also have never seen a jet fly strait up. But I have some theorys myself with no shred of evidence to back it up. One it could be a person trying out a homemade rocket of some sort. Two it could be the north koreans or even the chinese flexing some muscle, Its rummored that the chinese have some sort of non nuclear submarines that have that kind of capability. It’s funny that Obama just happen to sell GM to them the day before. But I just dont see the reason why all that would match up. But the koreans are a wild card. Look at the news the iranians and syria are doing busness with the N koreans tradeing techs to get nukes. Or three It could be Nothing. I air on the side of causion. We as a nation should be more conserned with americans being kidnapped by the cartels in texas. We should snuff that stuff out with extreme prejutuss.

  10. Mr. DoC -  November 18, 2010 - 9:32 am

    I’m really wondering if some of you even read the article…

  11. freshbeats -  November 18, 2010 - 9:06 am

    maybe the goverment is trying to cover something up

  12. G-bee -  November 18, 2010 - 8:31 am

    Of course the government would tell the media that this unusual “cloud” is nothing but a plane’s contrail. Most likely this was a secret missile test, and the government just doesn’t want us to know about it. It’s not like it’s the first time the government has hidden stuff from us.

  13. Jim Josten -  November 18, 2010 - 8:01 am

    Contrail my backside! I have never seen a jet fly straight upwards from the ocean!

  14. dragonslayer5o5 -  November 18, 2010 - 7:51 am

    it might be smoke from a airplane passing by not a jet or missle consider it

  15. mysteryman101 -  November 18, 2010 - 7:46 am

    wow are you guys sure it was a missle or ashes from the heavens

  16. Blue-eyed-babe -  November 18, 2010 - 7:43 am

    That’s for sure some creepy stuff. Wonder what’s going on in the country that we all love so much.

  17. Wrms -  November 18, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Conspiracies are just thoughts of some very bored people… High altitude aircraft leave contrails and contrails are NOT chemtrails. Believe me I’m a real pilot.

  18. Ed Roberts -  November 18, 2010 - 7:32 am

    This story is pure un-adulterated bu–sh-t!
    So this writer and agency is obviously part
    of the cover-up!

  19. mark v -  November 18, 2010 - 7:27 am

    i bet you google could tell you exactly what that thing was.

  20. dude man -  November 18, 2010 - 7:27 am

    That is creeeeeepy……

  21. What? -  November 18, 2010 - 7:22 am

    An ordinary jet contrail? Please! Does that government think we are stupid. Any ordinary person woulld know that the contrail was caused by a weather ballon.

  22. Marsha -  November 18, 2010 - 5:48 am

    eh Hello? this is a chem trail. Geoengineering anyone? Has the Government that is actually a corporation registered not media it to you? It’s in UN geoengineering governance publishing

  23. Kid down the street -  November 18, 2010 - 5:36 am

    You guys are falling for it……

  24. Pentagon Worker -  November 18, 2010 - 12:57 am

    I can assure you that this was a jet contrail of flight LA501 (non recorded) FF4168 F22 Raptor flight showing of with a non regulation turn to show the versatile capability as a last ditch effort to lessen the budget cuts of the F22 Raptor. I have been authorized to tell this information by officials; however I hope that you would keep up with the vigilant looking at the skies to help in case of a real imminent threat. Keep up the good work citizens of the U.S.A.

  25. Shivani -  November 18, 2010 - 12:39 am

    wonderful ….Definitely an area 51 activity.

  26. saket -  November 18, 2010 - 12:20 am

    Conspiracy theorist are always thinking something out of the box. Things which are never proved but I guess they like to live in their fantasy world all the time. Who knows next time a hot air ballon may again be called as a UFO. May be this is true may be not but the main think is that I get to learn so many rarely used words from these articles.

    KEEP IT UP! Dict.com


  27. Michael Dadona -  November 17, 2010 - 10:19 pm


    In today’s world of imaging technologies, it’s very impossible to say any flying object cannot be detected. If Hubble telescope can capture an image which is light years of distant and just from ISS (International Space station) can identify the brand of a match box rest on earth surface, how can that “event” called as conspiracy.


    We heard many times media who was the one who played up similar type of issue and also several times military used media to drum up certain issues claimed as conspiracy. So, conspiracy is an activity hiding the true motive and objective established by one party whether to promote or whether to demote another party.

  28. Nathan Hunter -  November 17, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    I have always wondered what that was called. I love Area 51.

  29. Cyberquill -  November 17, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Obviously, the mysterious event was a missile designed to resemble a plain old contrail so as evade detection.

  30. ghostinthesky -  November 17, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Coelecanth that is ancient is…relicanth!

  31. guy person -  November 17, 2010 - 3:12 pm



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